I’m Not a Musician!… how do I help my child?

Sometimes parents are not sure how to help their child if they have never played a musical instrument themselves. The Suzuki philosophy utilizes a lot of parent involvement, so how will you help them with something you don’t know?! Luckily everyone gets a learning experience when we take Suzuki music lessons. It’s not nearly as scary as it may seem. You’ll find out that it starts from the very beginning! However, if your child is older, the same principles apply and many of the same connections can be made. Connecting with your child is at the heart of learning. Happy …

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Yawn: Musical Reads

Today we are reading Yawn by Sally Symes and Nick Sharratt. It’s a fun book with a great rhyme scheme, cute ending and tactile elements. Get the book here (affiliate link):https://amzn.to/2Dp2i88 Watch the video: I love this Musical Read because it has such a great rhyming lyrical nature. Each page ends with suspension of what the next page will be, making it one of the earliest page turners your child will have. I don’t have a song for it (yet) but keeping a steady beat while reading it makes this book feel musical. It is similar to how we read …

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Farmyard Beat: Musical Read

Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown was an instant favorite for both my own children and for my studio. I love pulling this one out in my Suzuki Early Childhood classes because parents and children both love the experience of this book. The combination of the steady beat and the animal sounds make it especially fun. You could just read this book, but it’s even better as a musical read. Get the book here (affiliate link): https://amzn.to/2Ocdaeh  

Brown Bear, Brown Bear: Musical Reads

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a family favorite. Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle’s timeless classic is a regular bestseller, so you probably already have a copy! If not, put this in your library, it’s sure to be picked out over and over to read. By singing this book, you’ll give your child a way to engage more of their senses and interact with the book in a musical way. By singing together we strengthen our bond. Using a well-known melody that you already know, this is an easy Musical Read to add to your repertoire. …

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Baby Cakes: Musical Reads

Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Sam Williams, Baby Cakes is by far one of my favorite board books to read in a Suzuki Early Childhood class. The feeling of sharing the beat together keeps the whole class engaged. That doesn’t only happen in class though! You can easily keep that beat at home too. Not only does this book have a steady beat, it has some great opportunities to snuggle and connect with our children. Watch the video to get some tips to make this book more interesting for everyone. Need the book? Purchase it here (affiliate link): We’ll …

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Freight Train: Musical Reads

Looking for some new inspiration reading to your baby or toddler? With our Musical Reads, you’ll learn how to add musical elements into books to keep them engaging for you and your child. Today we are reading Freight Train by Donald Crews (affiliate link) We’ll be adding some train sounds and rhythm as we read. Watch the video to see how to make this book a musical read. HAVE A SUGGESTION for a future Musical Reads video? Share your book recommendations in the comments! Purchase the book here (affiliate link) Follow us & share with other families! Website Facebook Remember …

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